New Technologies:
What’s Hot & What’s Not
Presented by the Monroe County Public Library
Reputable Technology Websites
Below are some helpful tech websites to read
reviews, articles, and other info on before pur...
Technology-Related Magazines
Technology-related magazines available for free download with
your library card through Zinio...
E-Readers
Reviews of some of the most popular E-Readers (devices only
meant for reading): http://tinyurl.com/7v5sjgz
• Ama...
Tablets
An overview of some of the top-rated tablets:
http://tinyurl.com/ltl3pzv
•

Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX/HDX 8.9”/HD ...
Tablets

(continued)

An overview of some of the top-rated tablets:
http://tinyurl.com/ltl3pzv
•

Samsung Galaxy Tab/Note ...
Smart Phones
• Checkout this article from Business Insider for the best smart
phones as of November 2013: http://tinyurl.c...
Laptops/Computers
• Checkout this TechRadar article on the top laptops available in
the U.S. (includes some for the budget...
Gaming Systems
• CNET’s best gaming console’s (as of November 2013):
http://reviews.cnet.com/best-video-game-consoles/

• ...
Questions/Additional Interests?
There are many more tech things that we could
talk about – if you are curious of anything
...
Contact Me
Austin Stroud
Instructional Designer
astroud@mcpl.info
812-349-3050 ext. 1666
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A quick overview/guide to help you with your tech buying decisions this holiday season.

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New Technologies: What's Hot and What's Not

  1. 1. New Technologies: What’s Hot & What’s Not Presented by the Monroe County Public Library
  2. 2. Reputable Technology Websites Below are some helpful tech websites to read reviews, articles, and other info on before purchasing any new piece of technology: • CNET: http://www.cnet.com/ • Mashable: http://mashable.com/tech/ • TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/ • Wired: http://www.wired.com/ • TechRadar: http://www.techradar.com There are many others out there, these are just a few that I keep tabs on regularly. Do you have any favorite tech websites to recommend?
  3. 3. Technology-Related Magazines Technology-related magazines available for free download with your library card through Zinio: http://mcpl.info/fiction/emagazines • • • • • Apple Magazine Consumer Reports (December 2013 issue is very helpful) Macworld PC Magazine PCWorld The full list of magazines available for download can be found on the library’s website: http://mcpl.info/fiction/emagazine-titles
  4. 4. E-Readers Reviews of some of the most popular E-Readers (devices only meant for reading): http://tinyurl.com/7v5sjgz • Amazon Kindle/Kindle Paperwhite/Kindle Paperwhite 3G • Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch/Nook GlowLight • Kobo Mini/Touch/Glo/Aura/Aura HD There are certainly others out there, but do be careful of the cheaper, less known or off-brand E-Readers. Many are not compatible with various book formats and/or move much slower for their cheaper price. Getting an E-Reader that has a touch screen will make your life much easier, too.
  5. 5. Tablets An overview of some of the top-rated tablets: http://tinyurl.com/ltl3pzv • Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX/HDX 8.9”/HD 8.9” • $139-$379 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 7” or 8.9” screen size • HDX models feature on-device “Mayday” button • Compare Kindle Fires: http://tinyurl.com/k9zah55 • Barnes and Noble Nook HD/HD+ • $129-$149 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 7” or 9” screen size • Compare Nooks: http://tinyurl.com/7u9fgch • Google Nexus 7/10 • $229-$399 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 7” or 10” screen size • Compare Nexus’: http://www.google.com/nexus/tablets/
  6. 6. Tablets (continued) An overview of some of the top-rated tablets: http://tinyurl.com/ltl3pzv • Samsung Galaxy Tab/Note (various models) • $159-$499 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 7”, 8” or 10.1” screen size • Compare Samsung Galaxies: http://tinyurl.com/8joreho • Apple iPad Mini/Mini with retina display/2/Air • $299-$499 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 7.9” or 9.7” screen size • Compare iPads: http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/ • Microsoft Surface/Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 • $349-$899 (higher depending on options like increased storage space) • 10.6” screen size • Compare Surfaces: http://tinyurl.com/mw9rabl • Be cautious of cheap Android tablets: • http://tinyurl.com/kq6f8mj
  7. 7. Smart Phones • Checkout this article from Business Insider for the best smart phones as of November 2013: http://tinyurl.com/ke6jrcz • Some of the top smart phones include: • • • • • • • Apple iPhone 5S/5C (5C cheaper/made of plastic) Samsung Galaxy S4 LG G2/Optimus G Pro Nokia Lumia 925/1020 BlackBerry Q10 (if need keyboard)/Z10 HTC One Motorola Moto X • The price of any smart phone significantly decreases if you sign a contract with a service provider like AT&T/Verizon.
  8. 8. Laptops/Computers • Checkout this TechRadar article on the top laptops available in the U.S. (includes some for the budget conscious – October 2013): http://tinyurl.com/a2w3cf9 • Digital Trends’ top desktop computers (as of November 2013): http://www.digitaltrends.com/best-desktop-computers/ • Compare Apple’s Mac Notebooks: http://www.apple.com/mac/compare/notebooks.html • Compare Apple’s Mac Desktops: http://www.apple.com/mac/compare/desktops.html
  9. 9. Gaming Systems • CNET’s best gaming console’s (as of November 2013): http://reviews.cnet.com/best-video-game-consoles/ • Sony PlayStation 4 vs Microsoft Xbox One: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/ps4-vs-xbox-one/ • As with any of these technologies we have discussed today, I recommend looking in Consumer Reports or similar review sources for advice/guidance on whatever technologies you are looking to purchase.
  10. 10. Questions/Additional Interests? There are many more tech things that we could talk about – if you are curious of anything else, feel free to ask. This program focused on some of the more popular technologies, but is not all-inclusive!
  11. 11. Contact Me Austin Stroud Instructional Designer astroud@mcpl.info 812-349-3050 ext. 1666

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